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Do you have what it takes to teach certain subjects to children and teenagers who are having difficulty in school? Then this is a great way to earn extra income while making yourself (very) useful.

Many children and teenagers have difficulty following certain courses. Sometimes it’s just a few subtleties that they don’t understand, but in other cases, they just don’t get it. And when we know that today’s children are tomorrow’s adults, we quickly understand why it is important to help them as much as possible.

No child is stupid (except in rare cases); it is simply the method that is lacking. And the teachers who give up by saying that such or such student is simply unable to assimilate such or such subject are just admitting their own failure. Failure for which I specify that they are not the only ones responsible because they also often lack the means to do their job properly (obsolete or non-existent material, crowded classes, insufficient salary, etc.), when the problem does not come from the family unit itself… And it is there that tutoring can intervene to change things.

What qualifications and qualities?

First of all, you don’t need to have a degree to start this activity. And even if you are a teenager still studying, there is nothing preventing you from doing it. The condition is, of course, that you know the different subjects you will be teaching well enough. Parents may ask you to bring proof that you have already acquired the knowledge their child will need (diplomas, exam results, tests…), which is legitimate.

Another important point is that you must have certain qualities that are indispensable for tutoring: rigor, punctuality, patience, being caring, motivated, organized and didactic, knowing how to listen and understand the needs of the child… Without this, you risk being a poor tutor. Deciding to teach means taking responsibility. Don’t take the plunge if you don’t have real motivation and if you really feel capable. Again, the future of your students is in your hands.

What to teach?

There are many subjects that can be taught at home. Here are a few examples, but the list can be long.

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Computer
  • Theoretical and practical courses for certain professions (electrician, photographer, accountant…)
  • Etc.
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Which method?

If you are a teacher or an ex-teacher, you won’t have too much trouble finding your bearings. But if you are not, I advise you to learn a method that will allow you to structure the way you teach your lessons. Once you have the basics down, you can start teaching and then optimize your effectiveness as you go along. But each child is unique and has his or her own learning pace, so you will probably have to “vary the angle of the sail” to best adapt.

You will have to learn to listen to the student, understand their needs, identify their weaknesses, know if they need help just for their homework, for a particular exam, or if they need to review all the basics… All this information will be essential for you to be able to act directly where it is necessary.

It’s not that simple, you’ll understand. And to help you see it more clearly, I suggest you read this article that I found very interesting.

Where to give lessons?

In the vast majority of cases, you will give your lessons at the student’s home, where he or she feels most comfortable and can therefore theoretically concentrate better. This depends, of course, on the family and environmental context. It will be difficult to work if the neighbor is working on his house or if the parents are fighting all day. In some cases, therefore, you could give your lessons at home, if possible, or in any other quiet place that is conducive to teaching (library, park, sunny terrace of a bistro…).

You will find it much easier to find students to help in cities because the population density is very high, but what about those who live in remote and sparsely populated areas? In this case, the Internet can be the ideal solution and sometimes the only one. There are all sorts of tools, often free, that will allow you to teach your courses at a distance. Among them, there is Skype, Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Hangouts, Anydesk, TeamViewer, Zoom, etc. Teaching remotely is certainly less efficient and cannot accommodate all types of courses, but sometimes it is the only solution for some children.

How to find students?

There are a multitude of ways to find students who need help. Here are a few:

  • Placing ads in small neighborhood shops.
  • Post on social networks, and opt for paid ads.
  • Going directly to schools, talking to teachers and handing out business cards to parents waiting for their child at the exit.
  • Register on a website that specializes in connecting teachers and students, such as Superprof, Apprentus or Wyzant (a localized Google search using the key words “home tutoring” should help you find others near you).

What is the rate?

The hourly rate varies depending on your age and qualifications (a teenager will not necessarily earn the same as a retired teacher). Sometimes parents will make an offer, but if not, find out what the rates are in your area. In France and Belgium, tutors generally make between 15€ and 25€ per hour while in the US this amount is between $10 to $40.

Conclusion

Teaching is the most beautiful profession in the world. The transmitters of knowledge have the crucial task of helping the younger generation to find their place in tomorrow’s society. Some students have more difficulty than others and find themselves lagging behind or even dropping out of school, despite all the efforts of teachers who do what they can with the means at hand.

These young people, whose parents often don’t have the time or are sometimes overwhelmed because they don’t understand much themselves, find that they are in a situation of distress that sometimes simply pushes them to give up any dream of a future. And this is where the intervention of tutoring can be decisive. This is where you could make a difference.

Of course, this activity is mainly for those who have the required qualities I mentioned above and who are not looking just to earn money. So, if this description fits your profile, don’t hesitate and go for it.

EcoTips

Environmental and climate change issues are more than ever at the heart of the concerns of this 21st century, which is why I am proposing a few ideas that will enable you to limit the negative impact that the implementation of this idea could have.

These solutions that I suggest are sometimes largely insufficient to compensate for these negative impacts, such as carbon offsetting. Unfortunately, there is not always an ideal and 100% efficient solution, far from it. And if you have others, please do not hesitate to share them in the comments below.

This activity has no particular negative impact on the environment. However, be careful and use public transportation instead of your car to get around, when possible, for example.

Pros

  • A rewarding job and really useful to society.
  • Allows you to have another job on the side.

Cons

  • Not always pleasant hours: after school, weekends, holidays, school vacations…
  • Requires real qualities (patience, listening, rigor…).
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